May 17, 2016 |
After Alex McCalister arrived at the NovaCare Complex, he heard references to another Florida defensive end with a similar build who used to play for the Eagles. They told McCalister about Jevon Kearse - or, as McCalister has heard, "The Freak. " He has a long way to go, but McCalister, the Eagles' seventh-round pick, has the frame and pass-rushing potential to elicit those comparisons. McCalister is 6-foot-6 and 243 pounds with 36-inch arms and an 86-inch wingspan. His 121/2 sacks over the last two seasons for the Gators, even though he played fewer than 40 percent of the snaps, showed one skill that the Eagles crave.
November 20, 2015 |
BUCCANEERS rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has never been to Philadelphia, but he surely followed the Birds while growing up in Bessemer, Ala. "I'm an Eagles fan," said Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015. "Randall Cunningham was my favorite player of all time. I loved Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse - all the guys in the 2000s. " Winston, 21, wasn't even born when Cunningham was in his prime, but that's beside the point. Lots of people grow up idolizing Mickey Mantle or Wilt Chamberlain or even Michael Jordan without having seen them play.
August 11, 2011
BETHLEHEM - This year, Eagles coach Andy Reid said, the first exhibition game "might not be quite as crisp" as usual. Seeing as how the first exhibition game in a normal year tends to mimic the consistency of a wet potato chip, well, consider yourself warned. This is an NFL issue, not an Eagles issue. There seems to be a perception out there that the Eagles are in the midst of a revolution, what with the acquisitions of Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins and the rest - and now you can add rehabbing wide receiver Steve Smith to the list.
July 8, 2011
THE NFL PLAYERS and owners have always needed a deadline. It is now upon them. The federal magistrate assigned to hold their hands, Arthur Boylan, is reportedly set to go on vacation tomorrow. Next Friday, July 15, is viewed by many as a time when there needs to be at least a handshake if teams are going to get to training camp on time. A deadline, then. A week, give or take. At which point, if there is a deal, we all will watch as NFL front offices and coaching staffs separate themselves into two groups.
January 20, 2011 |
A new name has emerged in the Eagles' search for a defensive coordinator: Dennis Allen. The team received permission from the New Orleans Saints to talk with their secondary coach, a league source said Wednesday night. Allen's name surfaced after the Eagles lost a candidate for the job when Jim Mora withdrew his name from consideration for the defensive coordinator positions in Philadelphia and Denver. Mora was not a serious candidate for the Eagles, team sources said. Allen, however, comes out of nowhere, partly because of his age and inexperience.
January 19, 2011
The Eagles are talking to longtime Tennessee Titans assistant Jim Washburn about their defensive-line coaching vacancy, league sources confirmed. The story was first reported by the Tennessean after an interview with Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher. A deal appears imminent, one source told The Inquirer. Titans coaches work under one-year contracts, and with Fisher on shaky ground after another losing season, Washburn may be looking for more stability - and perhaps a bigger paycheck.
March 20, 2010 |
Jason Babin officially is no longer an Eagle. Tennessee acquired the defensive end after the Eagles declined to match the Titans' offer. Under a right-of-first refusal clause the Eagles put into Babin's contract, they had 1 week to match the offer sheet signed Wednesday. Without the clause, Babin would be an unrestricted free agent because of his 6 years of NFL service. The Titans announced that the Eagles notified the NFL yesterday they would not match the offer. Babin, a first-round draft pick in 2004 out of Western Michigan, has played for Houston, Seattle, Kansas City and, last season, the Eagles.
October 16, 2009
Thumbs down To Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse, who bolted the stadium Sunday before his team's loss to the Colts after being told he was going to be deactivated for the game. Kearse, 33, who was released by the Eagles after the 2007 season, had started 20 straight games for the Titans, but has been largely ineffective this season (one sack, nine tackles) and was replaced at left end by rookie William Hayes. Asked why he didn't stay for the game, Kearse told reporters: "First off, I wanted to hang out with my family and friends that I had in town.
October 15, 2009 |
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams. Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a bid led by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts, but Checketts said in a statement yesterday that Limbaugh's participation had complicated the effort. The group will move forward without him. Checketts said he will have no further comment on the bid process. Limbaugh did not immediately respond to an e-mail sent late yesterday seeking comment on Checketts' decision.
October 26, 2008 |
More than the name has changed. The game that Juqua Parker is playing this season is different, too. Parker, known as Juqua Thomas during his first seven seasons in the NFL, has become an impact player on the Eagles' defense. Going into today's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field, Parker has a team-leading 4? sacks and his first career interception two weeks ago against the San Francisco 49ers resulted in a game-sealing touchdown. Parker, 30, is a man of few words, but much passion.